We celebrated our wedding anniversary Saturday, a couple days early but it was a good time to go to one of our favorite restaurants. We don’t dine out often these days, so it was a treat. A caesar salad, prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes, a glass of wine and cheesecake was too much meal for us, but we managed. The next day it was back to kale soup, Greek yogurt, fiber bars, fruit and protein shakes.
NEW ARRIVALS – I bought a mammoth paperback of John O’Hara stories and another collection of graphic stories from DC. It’s yet one more of their “new 52” titles, and once again I was disappointed. It will be the last one. Titles and descriptions below the images.
Gibbsville, PA – the classic stories by John O’Hara, edited by Matthew Bruccoli [Carroll & Graf 1992 trade paper, new] – general fiction, short stories – the (almost) complete O’Hara stories about the town and the people of Gibbsville, PA. I haven’t read a single one of these stories, and though I’m a little overwhelmed with short story collections, I’ll dig into this 864 page collection soon, but not until I finish at least one of the big collections I’m already reading. I have a hunch it will take me a goodly while to get through this!
Justice League, Origins by Jeff Johns, Jim Lee [DC Comics 2012 comic-sized trade paper, new] – collects issues 1-6 of the New 52 Justice League series. As mentioned above, I found the story a disappointment, especially as I have liked Johns’ writing in the past on Flash. The artwork by Lee is as good as ever, he’s a fine artist, but over all yet another disappointing outing by DC. I won’t be buying any more.
CURRENT READING – I finished the third of Charles Gramlich’s Talera cycle. Good fun. He’s working on a fourth book, which may be available late this year or…? Also finished was Eric Wright’s Death in the Old Country, the 3rd in the Inspector Charlie Salter series. The first in that series, The Night the God’s Smiled has just popped up at the library for me and I’ll start it in a few days.
Meanwhile I’m having a go at some of the many short story collections I have going, including a new one I pulled off the shelf a couple of days ago, A Killing Climate by Eric Wright. I’m still working away on the Black Lizard Book of Black Mask Stories, 50 in 50 by Harry Harrison, I read two more stories in The Complete Father Brown collection, and I finished another Perry Mason novel, The Case of the Perjured Parrot.